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May 23, 2009

Theme Park Lawsuits

In this age of "You can't sue me because I'm suing you first!", the idea of a lawsuit against a theme park such as Sea World or Disney World is not so weird. However, the Orlando Sentinel was kind enough to prepare a website listing all of the lawsuits against all of the area's theme parks. Most of them are your basic slip-and-fall types, but some are completely off the wall. For instance, at Busch Gardens, "A woman said she concocted blood infections after a vulture at a bird show landed on her leg and clawed it." And at Epcot Center, "A woman said she suffered bleeding in her brain due to the G-forces and jerking movements on the Mission: Space ride." But I think my favorite is the woman from Wet and Wild who "said she was struck in the head and neck and injured by an umbrella that blew out of a mount in a storm."
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Sat May 23, 2009 | Comments (3)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Injuries, Lawsuits

Your Daily Loser & Jury Duty for May 23rd

Your Daily Loser - Andrew Wilson of Bristol is the first person to ever be convicted of getting a dog drunk. Wilson was looking after the American Bulldog when he got the bright idea to give the dog a can of Stella Artois beer. Of course the beer came after he had already forced the poor dog to drink some Vodka. The Story. I guess if you're going to make a dog drunk, you should stick with the premium alcoholic beverages.

Jury Duty - George C. Dalmas III used to work for the CIA. I say used to because he was arrested and charged with seventeen burglaries in the McLean, Virginia, area. And sure, he took money and jewelry, but police also recovered more than 1,000 pairs of women's underwear. The Story. // The Mugshot.

Posted By: Nethie | Date: Sat May 23, 2009 | Comments (1)
Category: Crime, Your Daily Jury Duty, Your Daily Loser, Goofs and Screw-ups

May 22, 2009

When a Snickers just won’t satisfy ‘ya—Eat a Brick?

Don't try this at home!! I think I am more disturbed by the sand and gravel eating at the beginning of the video. Don't miss the interview with his gastroenterologist --but why no interview with the guy's dentist?

Also, I think it is time to change gastroenterologists!!
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Fri May 22, 2009 | Comments (3)

The Scream Muffler

Patent No. 4834212, issued on May 30, 1989 to inventors Moira and Frank Figone.:

There is a need in our complex society for a device which can be placed over the mouth and into which a person may yell or scream but which muffles the sound so others are not disturbed. Such a device would even be more useful if it provided an indication of the intensity of the sound thereby providing feedback to the user.

It is a general object of the present invention to provide a sound muffler which can be placed over the mouth to receive and muffle sound from the mouth. It is a further object of the present invention to provide a sound muffler which provides means for measuring and indicating the intensity of the sound which is muffled.

There would seem to be a prior art issue here, because I did a news search and found a story about a woman, Diane Berkowitz, who was selling a scream muffler in 1985 described as a "silver-colored sphere which opens to reveal some sort of sound-absorbent acoustic foam." Maybe because Berkowitz didn't add blinking lights to indicate the scream intensity, the Figones were able to claim their device was unique.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri May 22, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Inventions

People Different From Us, Midwest Division, May 22nd

Marion County Coroner Frank Lloyd Jr. admits using a flatbed wrecker to remove the 750 pound Teresa Smith after her death from her apartment was a bad idea. Her boyfriend goes on to compare the removal to the hoisting of a car with a chain. I can understand that firefighters may not have been available. I can understand not having a cart on hand to handle the exceptionally obese. But I can't understand how a carpet from the deceased's apartment was the only covering that could be rounded up to bestow some privacy and dignity on the corpse. Further, I don't understand how Frank Lloyd Jr. is only "considering" the purchase of a special cart to handle future cases. How much more convincing does he need? The Indy Star
Posted By: qualityleashdog | Date: Fri May 22, 2009 | Comments (10)

The Redneck Games

Despite the French captioning and source, this video is all in English, for your Redneck Enjoyment.

Des jeux d'été très très... fins ! - FemmesPlus
Tous les ans, en Georgie (USA) se déroulent les Redneck Summer Games. Un bon gros délire pas très finaud de paysans des USA. Yeeeeeeeeeepeeeeeeeee !

A Million Ways Times Two

The first video shows the band OK Go dancing to their hit A MILLION WAYS.

The second video shows four amateur Turkish youths replicating the video.

Which do you prefer?

OK Go -A Million Ways
by sackman

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri May 22, 2009 | Comments (3)
Category: Music, Video, Dance, Parody

Wetsuits for the Weird

So you're going to do some surfing, or scuba diving, and the water isn't very warm. You need a wetsuit. But why settle for a plain, ordinary wetsuit, when you can get one that looks like human innards, or one that makes it seem you've been the victim of a shark attack? The possibilities are endless. Check them out here. ...bydiddo
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Fri May 22, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Art, Body, Design and Designers, Overpriced Merchandise, Shopping

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

A 22-year-old, who is using the pseudonym Natalie Dylan for safety reasons, is going through a legal brothel in Nevada to sell her virginity. Why? She's got bills to pay, of course. Dylan says she's already taken a polygraph test to prove her virginal status, and is also willing to undergo a medical exam. The Story. Let's hope she never did any horseback riding when she was younger.
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Fri May 22, 2009 | Comments (4)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Collectors, Sex Lives Worse Than Yours, Ethics and Morals

Your Daily Loser & Jury Duty for May 22nd

Your Daily Loser - Criminals will blame anyone and everything but themselves when they get caught. Jonathan Lee Riches of Nashville says that he was influenced by NASCAR when he was caught driving 135 MPH. It was also NASCAR's fault that he was forced to steal credit cards in order to attend races... oh, and he was poisoned by DuPont chemicals from Jeff Gordon's race car. The Story.

Jury Duty - With a name like Honesty, how can you go wrong? Honesty Knight, from Muncie, Indiana, was a passenger in a friend's car when that car was pulled over by a state trooper. While the trooper was talking to the friend, Honesty asked if she could smoke. The officer agreed, and good Ol' Honesty lit up... a joint. The Story.
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Fri May 22, 2009 | Comments (8)
Category: Crime, Your Daily Jury Duty, Your Daily Loser, Goofs and Screw-ups
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